According to the Ventura County Office of Education, in 2018, 5,291 students were temporarily doubled up or at-risk of homelessness. 538, or 10% of them met the federal definition of homelessness.
Youth Rescue Staff are available day and evening to work with runaway, homeless, couch surfing youth or youth who are at risk for running away or homelessness. Services are provided to youth ages 12-24. Youth Rescue Staff meet with youth in community settings such as schools, libraries, or another agreed-upon community location. Youth Rescue Staff provide the following services:
- Street Outreach
- Connection to services via Youth Outreach Line
- Shelter/Housing assessments
- Family Mediation
- Emancipation Information
- Case management
- Youth specific resource information
Temporary shelter for transitional aged youth 12-17 who have been referred and are or at-risk of experiencing homelessness.
Street Outreach Program
SOP works with runaway, homeless, and at-risk youth in Ventura County ages 12-24.
Ventura County Crisis Team
In case of a mental health emergency – a suicidal child or teen; a child or teen who wants to hurt him/herself or hurt others; OR an out of control child or teen. Services are connected via Youth Outreach Line for help with shelter/housing assessments, family mediation, emancipation information, case management, and other youth-specific resource information. Follow our street youth outreach Instagram where youth can message our team directly.
Youth Outreach Line
Interface’s Youth Outreach Line connects youth and teens to services and help with shelter/housing assessments, family mediation, emancipation information, case management, and other youth-specific resource information.
How You Can Help
Interface Children & Family Services provides programs and in-person emergency response for youth in crisis or experiencing homelessness. Sometimes clients have nothing more than their person. Care Bags ensure that survivors’ immediate, concrete needs are met as well as provide dignity as they begin to re- build their lives. View our full list of in-kind needs here.
Youth can sign up and learn more about Interface’s Youth Council by visiting the page by clicking here.
Where to Find Help for Youth in Crisis:
Interface’s 24/7 Youth Crisis Line:
Available for youth aged 12-24 in crisis, homeless, or at-risk.
Ventura County Crisis Team
In case of a mental health emergency – a suicidal child or teen; a child or teen who wants to hurt him/herself or hurt others; OR an out of control child or teen. The Ventura County Crisis Team is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
Child Abuse Treatment Services
1-805-485-6114, ext. 662 for information or to schedule an appointment or fill out our mental intake form here.
(For children who have been victims of physical or sexual abuse, bullying, community or school violence, parental substance abuse, domestic or family violence, abduction, neglect, or traumatic incident (for youth up to age 18 – no cost); English and Spanish language.
The National Runaway Safeline – National Runaway Hotline
1-800-786-2929 or 1-800-Runaway
California Youth Crisis Line